An influential pressure group has joined the fight against plans for a major housing development on the doorstep of a quiet community in Leeds.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says the proposed construction of up to 700 homes to the east of Scholes would be “wholly out of proportion” with the size of the village.
It also argues that the development would be unsustainable due to “poor public transport connections, inadequate local amenities and huge volumes of additional road traffic generation”.
And today villagers told of their hopes that the CPRE’s intervention could help convince Leeds City Council to give the scheme the thumbs-down.
Scholes resident and community planning expert George Hall said: “I think this could turn out to be a really significant step. Firstly, because this is the CPRE we are talking about.
“Secondly, it hasn’t just said this because of what it has read or seen on some plans.
“Its people came out and visited the village and the proposed housing site and made their decision on the strength of what they saw there.” As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, David Wilson Homes and GMI Developments have submitted an outline application to the council for planning permission for the east Leeds housing scheme.
It would include a new primary school, shops, GP surgery and possible a small pharmacy. The companies have also submitted an outline planning application to the council for permission for 45 new homes on land to the west of Scholes.
They say their proposed 700-dwelling development would create nearly 100 full-time construction jobs and boost the local economy to the tune of £11m a year.
The CPRE is a national charity devoted to the protection and enhancement of rural England.